INFSCI 3005: Introduction to Doctoral Research
Fall 2006 (2071) - 1.5 Credits
Tues 12:00 - 2:50pm IS 502
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Hirtle
Office: 2B01 IS Building
Office Phone: 412-624-9434
Secretary: Mary Stewart, 732 IS Bldg, 412-624-9402
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-3:00pm
Introduction to Doctoral Research (INFSCI 3005/3006) is a two-term sequence of courses required of all first year PhD students in the Information Science program. INFSCI 3005/3006 is offered every fall/spring and should be taken during the first year of study.
An introduction to the purpose and nature of doctoral studies in information science, theories and processes in scholarly research and the current state of research in the discipline. Graduate faculty in the program will present and discuss their current interests with students.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in doctoral program in information science.
Required Textbook: None
To fulfill the requirements of the course, each student will need to complete three requirements:
- Attend regular meetings of the class to hear faculty presentations and participate in discussions.
- Attend all talks in the school and related departments, deamed relevant to the Graduate Program in Information Sciences. Attendence at no more than ten talks required over the course of the term. Appropriate talks will be announced each week.
- Write three short (500-1000 words) essays (also known as white papers or extended abstracts), which could form the basis of a future grant proposal. These papers are to be submitted electronically through COURSEWEB using the DIGITAL DROPBOX by the last day of each month, Sept through November. Any standard format (doc, pdf, rtf) is acceptable. Please rename your file to include your last name in the filename, before you upload it to the digital dropbox (e.g, is3005_paper1_smith.doc). One paper may be rewritten in December for additional credit, if desired. The three papers should be on three different areas of concentration, as defined by the Comprehensive Examination guidelines. For examples of short abstracts in proceedings, such as CHI'99, in http://portal.acm.org..
Week Date Topic/Speaker Notes 1 29-Aug-06 Introduction 2 5-Sep-06 Review of Doctoral Requirements 3 12-Sep-06 Reference and Search Tools 4 19-Sep-06 No Class Meeting GIScience'06 5 26-Sep-06 Prof. Marek Druzdzel Essay #1 due this week 6 3-Oct-06 Prof. Stephen Hirtle 7 10-Oct-06 Prof. Vladimir Zadorozhny 8 17-Oct-06 Prof. James Joshi I-Conference 9 24-Oct-06 Prof. Michael Lewis 10 31-Oct-06 Prof. Paul Munro Essay #2 due this week 11 7-Nov-06 Prof. David Tipper 12 14-Nov-06 Prof. Michael Spring 13 21-Nov-06 PhD-Pallooza 14 28-Nov-06 Prof. Hassan Karimi Essay #3 due this week 15 5-Dec-06
Video: Desires and Diversions with Allen Newell
http://wean1.ulib.org/cgi-bin/meta-vid.pl?target= Lectures/Distinguished%20Lectures/1991 (1 hr, 14 min) 16 7-Dec-06
First Year Doctoral Student Luncheon
Thursday at Noon on 5th Floor Any rewrite of an essay due by 16-Dec-06
Last update: November 1, 2006